SoftBank took a massive hit to its net assets, as China’s crackdown on social, consumer, and gaming-focused tech companies struck at some of the company’s key investments.
The Tokyo-based tech and investment company saw its net assets drop $54 billion over its fiscal second quarter to around $184 billion. Much of that was due to a substantial drop by Alibaba, in which SoftBank owns nearly a one-quarter stake.
- SoftBank’s Vision Fund 1 took a $7.3 billion loss for the three months ending Sept. 30. The fund’s portfolio companies include Fanatics and Gympass.
- The company is pouring money into its Vision Fund 2, saying on Monday it has brought its capital commitment in the fund to $51 billion from $40 billion on Sept. 30. The Vision Fund 2’s holdings include WHOOP, Vuori, Sorare, Tempo, Keep, and Fanatics.
- Softbank reported an overall loss of $3.5 billion in the quarter. It cashed out around $4 billion in successful stocks to help offset losses.
The company touted new funding rounds for companies it has already invested in, including Fanatics’ $325 million round at an $18 billion valuation and WHOOP’s $200 million raise at a $3.6 billion valuation in August.
Despite the losses, SoftBank announced it would buy back up to $8.8 billion in stock over the next year.